Have you ever wondered. . .God, why do I have to go through this?
Or perhaps, you thought. . .why am I having to go through the fire?
While I realize that no one wants to go through hard times…
I can tell you with absolute certainty what you will find in the fire.
It’s your miracle. That’s right.
Your miracle is in the fire.
My favorite Bible story as a child was about the three Hebrews thrown into the fiery furnace. I loved this story even more than Daniel in the lion’s den.
Before we go any further. . .once again. . .I’m going to make a powerful, life-changing statement that I want you to write down.
“My miracle is in the fire.”
You can even personalize it.
Now let’s look at the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. . .who were cast into a fiery furnace heated seven times hotter by decree of King Nebuchadnezzar. . .simply because they refused to worship his golden image.
Daniel 3:5-6 in the New Living Translation says:
“When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes, and other musical instruments, bow to the ground to worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue. Anyone who refuses to obey will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”
A group of astrologers went to King Nebuchadnezzar and told him how the three Hebrew children refused to fall down and worship his statue.
Some would blame the astrologers but they were only the instruments. . .used by the instigators of the trouble.
Always remember, the attacks on us and our faith are not from flesh and blood so don’t even begin to direct your anger there.
Ephesians 6:12 in the Amplified Bible says:
“For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.”
It’s important to always understand who the enemy is. . .regardless of who they are or how they’re known.
Back to our story.
The King called Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and offered them one last chance to worship him and his gods or face the consequences.
Daniel 3:15 in the New Living Translation says:
“. . .if you refuse, you will be thrown immediately into the blazing furnace. And then what god will be able to rescue you from my power?”
Let’s look at what happened to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and how it relates to each of us. . .as we seek to find our miracle in the fire.
1. Stand up for what’s right. . .regardless of the consequences.
You can compromise procedure but never principle.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were not willing to compromise their principles or bow down to anyone other than the only true and living God.
Daniel 3:17-18 in the New Living Translation says:
“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty.”
Notice in their response. . .the three Hebrews referred to the King as “Your Majesty.” Even in refusing the worship the King and his gods. . .they honored him because the position of authority he held over them.
We are not to disrespect those in authority over us. . .even when they’re wrong or encouraging you to do wrong things.
Daniel 3:18 in the New Living Translation says:
“But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”
King Nebuchadnezzar took their response personally. . .overlooking the respect they were showing him.
Daniel 3:19 in the New Living Translation says:
“Nebuchadnezzar was so furious with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego that his face became distorted with rage. He commanded that the furnace be heated seven times hotter than usual.”
According to Bible scholars the flames were so fierce they rose to over 100 feet in the air. That’s a serious fire.
Daniel 3:20-21 in the New Living Translation says:
“Then he ordered some of the strongest men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. 21 So they tied them up and threw them into the furnace, fully dressed in their pants, turbans, robes, and other garments.”
In those days. . .prisoners had their hands and feet bound. . .so they weren’t moving or going anywhere. That’s why the three Jews men had to be thrown into the furnace as they weren’t able to walk.
If in a study of the garments worn by the Babylonians we see they wore floor length robes and very flammable clothing which means that alone was a miracle in the fire.
More about that later.
Every day. . .we’re placed in a position to bow down to the kings of this world. We may make small compromises with our scriptural principles to be promoted. . .or accepted by those we interact with on a daily basis.
We may not experience the fiery furnace but we may feel the heat of not doing the popular thing or making a compromise that doesn’t rock the boat.
However, if we stand up for what’s right. . .we can know God is watching. He will be the one who manifests a miracle in whatever fire we are facing.
Doing the right thing. . .the God thing. . .or not doing it. . .always has consequences.
As God’s ambassadors, He called us to do what’s right. See 2 Corinthians 5:20.
2. You’re not alone. . .when you do what’s right.
There are times where you may feel that you’re going through the fire financially or any other way . . .but you must remember that you’re not alone. . .and neither were Shadrack, Meshach and Abednego.
Daniel 3:24-25 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Then Nebuchadnezzar the king [saw and] was astounded, and he jumped up and said to his counselors, Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
Child of God, you’re not alone.
When the past due bills flood your mailbox. . .you’re not alone.
When you’ve been laid off with no apparent job opportunities in sight. . .you’re not alone.
When the doctor has given you the worst report possible. . .you’re not alone.
When it seems you have nowhere to turn or no one to talk to. . .you always do.
Hebrews 13:5 in the Message Bible says:
“. . .I'll never let you down, never walk off and leave you."
These next two verses will make you shout.
First, 2 Corinthians 1:9 in the Message Bible says:
“We don't want you in the dark, friends, about how hard it was when all this came down on us in Asia province. It was so bad we didn't think we were going to make it. We felt like we'd been sent to death row that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened.”
I never felt like I was going to death row, because I realized that “they” couldn’t repossess my wife and children or eat me (because cannibalism is illegal in the United States). But most importantly, God had my back.
It’s important to keep loss of “things” in a proper perspective.
In the midst of the storms you’re facing. . .the troubles you’re traveling through. . .you’ve got to know. . . you’re not alone. . .He’s there so He can comfort you and through the lesson you receive, you can comfort others.
Here’s 2 Corinthians 1:10 in the Message Bible which says:
“Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally—not a bad idea since he's the God who raises the dead! And he did it, rescued us from certain doom. And he'll do it again, rescuing us as many times as we need rescuing. You and your prayers are part of the rescue operation.”
Through whatever fires the enemy may send your way. . .ALWAYS REMEMBER that you’re not alone. . .He has you in His protective care.
3. Sometimes things get worse before they get better.
As the story unfolds, the fire was so hot that it killed the soldiers chosen to throw these three young men into the raging inferno.
Daniel 3:20 in the New Living Translation says:
“Then he ordered some of the strongest men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace.”
Just when you things can’t get any worse in whatever fiery situation you’re facing . . . well, it does.
Have you ever said or thought. . it can’t get any worse … but, somehow it does.
Daniel 3:22 in the New Living Translation says:
“And because the king, in his anger, had demanded such a hot fire in the furnace, the flames killed the soldiers as they threw the three men in.”
While your circumstances deteriorate. . .when it appears things are about to get worse . . . remember, one thing will never change. . .regardless of your situation. . .and that’s God’s protection, provision and promises for each of us.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2
There is a defining moment in each fire when we realize … I must release this situation into God’s hands because there is nothing I can do about it. I must let go and let God.
I Peter 5:7 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.”
4. What had you bound. . .is gone.
Daniel 3:27 in the Amplified Bible says:
“And the satraps, the deputies, the governors, and the king’s counselors gathered around together and saw these men—that the fire had no power upon their bodies, nor was the hair of their head singed; neither were their garments scorched or changed in color or condition, nor had even the smell of smoke clung to them.”
Even though the three Jews landed in a sitting position in the furnace. . .there were four immediate and obvious miracles when they came out of the fire.
First, their bodies became immune to the natural forces of fire.
Second, not a single hair on their heads was singed.
Third, their garments were not burned or even discolored.
Fourth, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego didn’t even smell of smoke.
But wait, it gets even better.
Daniel 3:25 in the Amplified Bible says:
“They answered, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
The only thing that burned in the fiery furnace was what had Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego bound. There wasn’t a trace of the ropes that had been used to bind these three Hebrew men.
When you’re fighting the fires of hell. . .as you keep your focus on Jesus, His Word and His ability to set you free. . .what previously had you bound will be gone as well.
Your miracle is found in the fire because of Who’s in there with you.
5. What the enemy means for harm. . .God will turn to good.
God used what the devil meant for harm to do good not just for Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego but for the entire Kingdom. Daniel 3:28 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Then Nebuchadnezzar said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Who has sent His angel and delivered His servants who believed in, trusted in, and relied on Him! And they set aside the king's command and yielded their bodies rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.”
In verse 28. . .Nebuchadnezzar confessed four things.
First, God has sent His angel.
Second, God delivers those who trust in him.
Third, God made him change his decree.
Fourth, the Jews were willing to give up their lives in order to be true to their God.
Daniel 3:29 in the Amplified Bible says:
“Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, and language that speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be cut in pieces and their houses be made a dunghill, for there is no other God who can deliver in this way!”
King Nebuchadnezzar confessed a fifth and powerful statement when he confessed what would happen to anyone who came against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego because no other God can deliver like our Jehovah God.
When the enemy attacks us. . .our first response should not be “why did this happen to me?” “What will people think?” “How do I get out of this dreadful thing that is happening?”
Our deliverance from the fiery trials of life comes from the Lord and it will be a lasting testimony for our Heavenly Father’s faithfulness to those whom He loves and love Him.
6. Glorify God for your deliverance.
If you go through any fire. . .financial or otherwise. . .never stop praising God for His ability to deliver you unharmed and unscathed from the attack of the enemy.
Praise is a powerful deliverer.
Psalm 18:3 in the New International Reader’s Version says:
“I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.“
Psalm 32:7 in the New International Reader’s Version says:
“You are my hiding place. You will keep me safe from trouble. You will surround me with songs sung by those who praise you because you save your people…”
Psalm 50:15 in the New Living Translation says:
“Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.”
There are 14 other similar scriptures. . .but I think we all understand that God wants to deliver us and yes, HE WANTS TO BEING THE GLORY FOR IT.
One of the greatest sins of Christians is that of ingratitude. Being unthankful for what God has done or is doing in our daily lives.
When we experience miracle manifestation. . .do we give God all the glory and honor. . .or do we allow people to think that the miracle was the result of our spirituality.
God wants to be glorified for what He is and will continue to do through the lives of His uncompromising righteous children.
Psalm 34:15 in the Amplified Bible says:
“The eyes of the Lord are toward the [uncompromisingly] righteous and His ears are open to their cry.”
7. Promotion and rewards follow your time in the fire.
Daniel 3:30 in the New Living Translation says:
“Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to even higher positions in the province of Babylon.”
The Living Bible version of Daniel 3:30 says Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego “…prospered greatly there…”
It’s important to know that even in the midst of adversity. . .on the job or wherever . . . God desires to promote you. . .for greater use in His Kingdom.
The Lord states His purpose in His Word. We need to remember who brings promotion into our life.
Psalm 75:6-8 in the Message Bible:
“For promotion and power come from nowhere on earth, but only from God. He promotes one and deposes another.”
Your promotion comes from the Lord. He gives you the power and favor for advancement in every single area of human endeavor.
And let me tell you. . .knowing that God brings promotion in our lives is a most comforting thought considering the age of economic uncertainty in which we live.
We have absolutely no guarantees that our lives will remain the same. . .in fact, just the opposite as change is a part of life.
However armed with the knowledge of His Word, we begin to find a new confidence in recognizing the sources of our strength and promotion.
Jeremiah 29:11 says:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
You are armed with the knowledge that He has a plan and a future for you and that his ministering angels are going before you, it is easier to lay your head on the pillow at night and fall into a restful sleep.
Our rest must be found in His ability to lead, direct and guide our lives in fulfilling his plan and purpose for us.
Colossians 1:4 in the Amplified Bible says:
“For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus [the leaning of your entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness] and of the love which you [have and show] for all the saints (God’s consecrated ones),
What does it mean to lean our entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom and goodness?
First, He has the power to do all He says He will do.
Second, He has the wisdom to do exactly what needs to be done, and;
Third, we can count on the fact that He will do it wanting only goodness to come to us.
If you get nothing else from this teaching. . . remember.
Your miracle is in the fire.
Jesus is with you in the fire.
He will not let you burn.
He will not let your clothes be singed.
He will not let you even smell of smoke.
Hold on to Him. Hold on to the promise.
Remember the words of Isaiah 43:1-2 says:
“But now the Lord who created you, O Israel, says: Don’t be afraid, for I have ransomed you; I have called you by name; you are mine. 2 When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up—the flames will not consume you.”
You will walk through the fire. You will come out the other side. The fire has killed others but it will not kill you. See Jesus in your situation. See Him in your fire.
Be fully persuaded.
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